There are three things that I particularly like about Smart Communications' iPad Mini and iPad 4th Generation with Retina Display LTE bundles.

First, if you're getting either slate via iPad Plan 999, which gives you unlimited LTE per month for 24 months, you'll get a whopping Php 8,000 off on the device, across all variants. For instance, iPad Mini 16GB sells for Php 21,990 at Premium Resellers but Smart offers it for only Php 13,990 through this bundle.


Second, the cost of the bundled Apple tablet can be amortized or divided per month for 24 months at 0% interest! So if you're getting iPad Mini 16 GB or iPad4 with Plan 499 - giving you 65 hours of LTE connection per month, then you'd only have to pay Php 875 and Php 1,167 all-in per month, respectively. Totally manageable, right?


Finally, and perhaps most importantly, these very affordable plans give you a chance to enjoy the ultra-fast Smart LTE network delivering speeds of up to 42Mbps on your desired slate! Smart continues to expand its LTE network, bringing the world’s fastest mobile broadband to almost 1,000 LTE-enabled sites located in over 115 cities and municipalities across the country.


Smart iPad Mini and iPad with Retina Display Plans were formally introduced to the media via an intimate gathering at Smart's Jump Store in SM MegaMall last week. Jump is listed one of Smart's 1,000 LTE-enabled sites currently so I took the opportunity to do this random LTE speed test on a Smart iPad Mini while we were in the store just to give you an idea of the typical connection speeds that you can get on the device when you're in a Smart LTE hotspot.


13.86 Mbps download speed may be a tad underwhelming considering that we're talking about an LTE connection here but like what I said in the video, it's already 'very, very fast' and should be more than enough for most casual consumers.